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June 1992

Dermatology in Singapore at the Crossroads

Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology Department of Medicine National University of Singapore Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 0511

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(6):840-841. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680160124018

Singapore is at the crossroads in more sense than one.

Situated south of the Malay Peninsula and centrally within the nations of Southeast Asia, this island-state has a land area of some 600 square kilometers and a population of 3 million. This republic is located between the economic giants of the United States and Europe to the West and Japan to the East. Due to its strategic position, the Port of Singapore Authority and the Changi International Airport have grown to be among the busiest in the world.

Politically, in November 1990 a historic transition occurred: a change of prime minister after 31 years, the first ever since Singapore's independence in 1959! "The Next Lap" of this young nation's history has just begun.1

Sociologically, the profile of Singaporeans is as follows: ethnic Chinese, Malay, Indian, and others. The values of this multiracial society have evolved from the mishmash of Western

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